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    Capture Great Photos At The Olympic National Forest

    When it comes to traveling with the family we find we all enjoy the great outdoors. The Olympic National Forest that span 633,677 acres across the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington State is an ideal destination. The Olympic National Forest is number three on the National Park Foundation’s annual ‘Top 10′ list for places to capture great photos. On this list you’ll also find tips highlighting the very best photo experiences in America’s national parks and public lands.

    This National Forest has it all; from a temperate rain forest, rugged mountain terrain, large lowland lakes, cascading rivers, and beautiful saltwater beaches. And, the Olympic National Forest is a tapestry of biological diversity and home to a wide variety of plants and animals, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

    The Olympic National Forest is great for families who want to explore nature and learn more about this beautiful landscape. Offering various points of interest, including Lake Cushman, Quinault Rain Forest, Wynoochee Dam, Seal Rock and eight well-marked nature trails, the Forest is a wonderful place to spend a day exploring with your camera. Olympic National Forest surrounds most of Olympic National Park and the Olympic Mountain range, and each are wonderful places for a side trip.

    We’ve captured many eye-catching photos during overcast or misty days, and have learned that nice weather doesn’t always equal good photos. For a different perspective, try snapping a few shots in the rain forest. The dramatic skies above, the mist and the raindrops can add a naturally unique, romantic and even mysterious mood to the picture. View a Video offering photography tips by following this link.

    The “Top Ten Parks and Public Lands Photo Tips” range from capturing the rich history of Jamestowne, Virginia, to watching alligators glide through the swamps of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you’re a professional or new to photography, these tips will help you discover some of the hidden gems that often get overlooked within the nation’s diverse parks and public lands system.

    In recent years the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation had teamed with sponsors like CASIO and Ford Motor Company for the official “Share the Experience” photo contest. Amateur photographers are encouraged to enter their favorite photos taken in America’s national parks and public lands. Winners are eligible for a variety of prizes and vacations to federal recreation areas.

    The Share the Experience photo contest benefits America’s Federal Recreational Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

    We hope these tips are helpful, and inspire you to get out and explore some of America’s hidden gems hidden within the nation’s public parks and recreation lands.

    Getting There:

    To discover activities, trails, and activities to enjoy visit the Olympic National Park website, go to or explore more National Parks by visiting www.nationalparks.org.

    To find more about the current Share The Experience Photo Contest visit http://www.sharetheexperience.org.